Education Sector

Mansfield schools victims of DDoS attack; working to resolve issues

Stephen Peterson reports: Local schools were hit this week with a cyberattack, officials say. Comcast confirmed Wednesday that Mansfield public schools have been the victim of a Distributed Denial of Service, or DDoS, attack. It’s a malicious and illegal attempt to disrupt normal traffic on a network by sending a flood of Internet traffic,...

TX: Police investigate Sherman ISD data breach

News12 reports: Sherman police are investigating a district-wide data breach, within Sherman ISD’s private files. The data included student’s social security numbers and full names. Sherman ISD said in a letter to parents Thursday night, that two Sherman High School students accessed the private information. Read more on News12.

AU: Newcastle Grammar School Targeted In Cyber Attack

Ian Crouch reports: Newcastle Grammar School has been the target of a cyber attack by criminals. School officials became aware of the attack at the weekend, with ransomware used to encrypt and destroy part of the school’s IT network. Fairfax reports the perpetrators have tried to extort money from the school to unlock the...

PROOF POINTS: What happens when private student information leaks

Drawing upon the incredible work of Doug Levin and his K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center, Jill Barshay of The Hechinger Report highlights some of Doug’s findings — findings the GAO relied heavily upon in their recent report. How you tabulate breaches can make a huge difference in the public’s — and Congress’s — understanding of...